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Preventing Heart Disease Ep 36


Preventing Heart Disease
Vitamin Junkeys Episode #36 (running time 5:44)
Date: February 10, 2009
Podsafe Music: Ice Cream by Christopher Dale Courtesy of the Podshow Music Network
Show hosts: Jennifer Lyall & Dr. Jean Jacques (Dr. JJ) Dugoua, ND HBSc PhD (Cand.)

February is Heart Month.  Check out the Heart & Stroke Association's website for more great heart healthy tips.


This episode examines:

What is heart disease?

Who is susceptible to heart disease?

What are some natural approaches that can help you prevent heart disease?


What's Dr. JJ taking today?

Dr. JJ is taking fish oil.  Fish oil is a combination of two fatty acid components, EPA and DHA.  Fish oils have been shown to reduce heart disease, coronary heart disease, stroke, and more.  Fish oils are even important for children.  Jennifer gives her kids Fish Oils, because she knows it is important for the development of their brain.  Fish oils come in capsules to swallow, to chew and in liquid form.  The liquids today taste better, as they are often flavoured to help make them more palatable. 

What is heart disease?
Heart disease is a disease that affects your heart, like a heart attack, and your brain of course, like stroke, congestive heart failure (is when your heart gets really big), and high blood pressure.  It is very deadly.


Who is susceptible to heart disease? (Who is more prone to heart disease?)

There are some risk factors that you can control, and some risk factors that you cannot control.  Those who are at risk of heart disease (cardiovascular disease risk factors):

Uncontrollable factors:

  • have a genetic predisposition: there is heart disease in your family
  • race/ethnicity
  • are male


Controllable factors:

  • are overweight
  • are diabetic
  • are under a lot of stress (could lead to a stress heart attack)
  • have a poor diet

What are some natural approaches that can help you prevent heart disease?

Many people want to know how to prevent heart attacks, there are many things you can incorporate into your routine to help lower your risk.  You can:

  • take vitamins and supplements: like fish oils, vitamin E (400 IU units of mixed tocopherols), Co-Enzyme Q10, L Carnitine, Hawthorne Berry, and other oils like Olive Oil.
  • Exercise: this is very important, even something as simple as walking around the block three times each week can help.  The more exercise, the better
  • Manage your stress:  Dr. JJ has had many patients reduce their blood pressure levels by relaxing and breathing better.
  • Managing your diet:  What you eat is important.  A healthy diet can help prevent heart disease. Some foods to include in your diet include fish and lots of fruits and vegetables.  One ingredient to avoid is salt, watch for the sodium content in your food.
  • Manage your weight:  your body composition is a big factor.  If you are overweight, it makes it more difficult to exercise and it puts a bigger strain on your heart.  You should be healthy for your body size.


If you would like to find an alternative healthcare practitioner to help you develop heat disease prevention plan that is suited for you, you can find a naturopath and other practitioners in your community through the Find a Practitioner link on our website


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